Even with the heat wave, one of the best ways to enjoy summer is to dine al fresco. That being said, it’s hot out there and what better way to keep cool than with a nice cold one? Beer Gardens are a trendy way to combine the two, not to mention they are a big hit with people in their 20’s and 30’s.
Derived from the German “Biergarten,” beer garden’s are an open-air area where beer, other drinks and local/bar food is served. They are commonly attached to a drinking establishment such as a pub and are just rows upon rows of picnic tables or other lawn type furnature in order to be optimal for socializing. The largest beer garden is the Hirschgarten in Munich, Germany which can accommodate up to 8,000 people.
Completed in 1919, the oldest beer garden in New York City and possibly the US is Bohemian Hall located on 24th Ave in Astoria, Queens. The Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall officially sits 800, though often entertains more during festivals, concerts, and other events. Beer gardens are also popular in England and Japan, where many are located on the roofs of department stores and hotels. So if you’re single and ready to mingle, you might just want to hit up a beer garden this summer. The beer is plenty and the food is cheap!
- New York City’s top 10 beer gardens and rooftops on HopStop (thenextweb.com)
- Brewery in the Sky: Birreria, Eataly’s Rooftop Beer Garden. (lenndevours.com)
- Beer Gardens in Germany (pinkbananaworld.com)
- The steins collect: Bay Area beer gardens (sfgate.com)